With Facebook going public, the social media giant is about to extend its already vast reach. And with that, I have to wonder about it…
Some of my work involves Social Media Management (SMM) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). I know, how Mystical and Magical is that, right? But I do SMM for an award-winning Honolulu Restaurant, Hank’s Haute Dogs, and SEO/SMM for an award-winning Hawaii Tattoo shop, 434 Tattoo, and well it’s something to do. And for someone who has talked often about the Inner Community of Characters, I must give my Inner Geek his due.
Needless to say, I use Social Media pretty regularly. If you love my writing, you can thank MySpace for planting the seed of writing online as a good thing. And if you don’t, shake your fist at the Founder of MySpace, Tom Anderson. Dude, I don’t even have a MySpace account anymore anyway so I’m going to shake a fist at Tom for you.
I have been a member of Twitter before it was the rage and in a boneheaded move went from @jmaw, forever losing that, because I was feeling crazy so it became @jmawLOCO (aka Los Ocho Cero Ocho, don’t ask), and well, now it’s the best of both worlds, @jmaw808.
Having to update social media regularly for work makes me not do it so much as I used to. And I tend to skim it these days. I did this yesterday and it wasn’t until a number of notifications later did I realize that I was tagged in a post informing me of the death of one of my classmates, Calsey Santos. With the amount of media coverage of Jr. Seau’s passing today, it was pretty obvious something was up, even with all the fake Twitter demises reported in the past.
I don’t know Jr. Seau, had collectible cards of his from back in the day, and heard he did alot of good things for his community. I’d like to say good looking out to him and hopes he finds the peace post-life that he might not have hard in life.
Not to give Jr. his due but ‘m going to talk about Calsey because of the Death of people who I have known, had the opportunity to speak with and hang out with, really impacts me. Each time in a different way…
Now if anyone danced to his own beat early and was a pretty Free Spirit, it was Calsey. We weren’t the closest of friends in High School but we were cool, had no ill will between each other, and I had more interaction with him than alot of other people in that school. I went to a very small Catholic School in Hilo, Hawaii, St. Joseph School. Our School Ohana was very tight-knit and each loss strikes deeply. I can think of 5 people from St. Joe’s that were either my age or a few years older or younger who have moved on to the next step in their Journey while I was in and since High School (which isn’t a very long period of time).
Whether you know someone or were a fan of someone who passed, I think what Social Media, as a connecting force in communication, can give us are good reminders about how short life is. How often do we get caught up in bullshit that really isn’t an issue of life or death??
It’s times like this that make me feel it even more important to celebrate life because you really don’t know. One minute you’re here, the next you’re gone.
And on the other hand, here’s my full-disclosure, a part of me thought him lucky. I don’t mean that as a form of disrespect to the loved ones he leaves behind, I’m merely being honest and sharing that I find people who go on to the next phase lucky because I believe it means their work here on Earth is done. Because of that, they get to go Home to the Spirit, that Aloha ke Akua (God is Love) place we all came from and is the connecting thread of it All.
As one of the SJS Ohana put it on Facebook: He went to sleep on Earth and awoke in Heaven. This loss is tragic but I think it possible to honor his memory and is also cause to celebrate because his Soul went Home, maybe a little sooner than we may have wanted or wish, but he went on to his next step in the Journey. For those who he left behind, in particular, a young son, I hope you know that even though you cannot see him, you’ve got one more powerful Spirit cheering for you Always, in a place, and from a place that allows him to be there for you Always.
To the Santos Family, to Calsey’s friends and family, I am sorry for your loss and I also wish to thank you for sharing your Free Spirit of a Son, Brother, Father, Uncle, Friend, and Human+Being with the rest of us.